Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Latest home DIY: Appliqué crux/cross pillow

So, I guess I'm really into making appliqués! Put together this pillow cover over the weekend and it's my third appliqué project in the recent past. ;)

You saw the DIY anchor tee tutorial and the anchor applique pillows, both which I made with a PDF pattern--I made the tee appliqué with spray adhesive to keep it down while I sewed, and I used Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape on the pillow, sent by Kollabora for my book. For these, I cut strips of fabric, strips of Fabric Fusion tape...

And did the same dense zigzag stitch to finish the raw edges of the appliqué fabric.

Oh! I should say this pillow was inspired by the lovely Pia Wallén Crux blanket, those amazing bold-colored cross pattern wool blankets from the Swedish designer that sold from 1991 to 2011 for $700-900 USD. They were super cool. (Anna on Door Sixteen even has a tag just for the crux blanket!)

Pia Wallén now makes the Cross Blanket, which is very similar but made of cotton. And still so cozy and chic!

I wouldn't ever feel right making a DIY Pia Wallén blanket, since it's her unique design!, but the Scandinavian modern is definitely a cool look on its own. When I was craving some new pillows on the couch, I pulled out some heavy black cotton canvas duck and some white cotton from the bottoms of some Ikea curtains, and put this together with the fabric tape and my machine.

I love adding a fresh, bold look to the living room so quickly just by adding new accessories.

So, what do you think? Should I incorporate more Scandinavian simple looks to go with!?


  1. I love how those new pillows compliment the striped ones! Looks great!

  2. I love them! They're so cute. :) I'm participating in the International Craft Swap, and the theme is nautical, so your inspiration has been great. I'm not sure what to do exactly (sewing vs. other crafting), so this definitely helps to get the creative juices flowing!

  3. Looks really great!

  4. Those go great in you living room! :-)




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